Recommended Books

These resources are some of the great tools we use at PHBC as we engage in one-on-one discipleship, or in a small group discussion, or are simply recommendations for your own personal reading.


What is the Gospel?, by Greg Gilbert

The Cross-Centered Life, by C. J. Mahaney

Gospel Treason: Betraying the Gospel with Hidden Idols, by Brad Bigney


Evangelism: How the Whole Church Speaks About Jesus, by Mack Stiles

Speaking of Jesus, by Mack Stiles

Marks of the Messenger, by Mack Stiles

Christianity Explained: A Study Introducing Jesus through Mark’s Gospel

Tell the Truth, by Will Metzger

The Gospel and Personal Evangelism, by Mark Dever

Two Ways To Live (Gospel tract for adults)

Who Will Be King (Gospel tract for children)


What is a Healthy Church?, by Mark Dever

Am I Really a Christian?, by Mike McKinley

What is a Healthy Church Member?, by Thabiti Anyabwile

The Bruised Reed, by Richard Sibbes

Humility, by C. J. Mahaney

The Cost of Discipleship, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (esp. chs. 1-5)

When People are Big and God is Small, by Ed Welch

Spiritual Depression, by Martyn-Lloyd Jones

The Law and the Spirit, by St. Augustine

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself, by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert

Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, by David Platt

One to One Bible Reading, by David Helm

Shame Interrupted: How God Lifts the Pain of Worthlessness & Rejection, by Edward T. Welch

Running Scared: Fear, Worry and the God of Rest, by Edward T. Welch

Health, Wealth & Happiness: Has the Prosperity Gospel Overshadowed the Gospel of Christ?, by David W Jones & Russell S Woodbridge


Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, by Mark Dever

The Trellis and the Vine, by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne

Life Together, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Hospitality Commands, by Alexander Strauch

The Compelling Community: Where God’s Power Makes a Church Attractive, by Mark Denver & Jamie Dunlap

Church Membership: How the World Knows Who Represents Jesus, by Jonathan Leeman

Church Discipline: How the Church Protects the Name of Jesus, by Jonathan Leeman

Sound Doctrine: How a Church Grows in the Love and Holiness of God, by Bobby Jamieson


The Unquenchable Flame: Discovering the Heart of the Reformation, by Michael Reeves

The Life of Martyn Lloyd-Jones, by Iain H. Murray

Revival and Revivalism, by Iain H. Murray


Knowing God, by J. I. Packer

The Holiness of God, by R. C. Sproul

Gospel and Kingdom, by Graeme Goldsworthy

Systematic Theology, by Wayne Grudem

The Cross of Christ, by John Stott

Delighting in the Trinity, by Michael Reeves

A Biblical Theology of Worship, by David Peterson

The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, by Timothy Keller


A Call To Prayer, by J. C. Ryle

Praying The Bible, by Donald Whitney

Enjoy Your Prayer Life, by Michael Reeves

Prayer: How Praying Together Shapers the Church, by John Onwuchekwa

A Call To Spiritual Reformation, by D. A. Carson

A Method for Prayer, by Matthew Henry

Praying for the Next Generation, by Sally Michael


Family Worship, by Donald S Whitney

Shepherding A Child’s Heart, by Ted Tripp

Because He Loves Me, by Elize Fitzpatrick

True Beauty, by Carolyn Mahaney & Nicole Whitacre

Thoughts for Young Men, by John Charles Ryle

Is God anti-gay? by Sam Allberry


Catching Foxes, by John Henderson (a pre-marital counseling book).

When Sinners Say I Do, by Dave Harvey

What Did You Expect?, by Paul Tripp

The Meaning of Marriage, by Tim Keller

The Mystery of Marriage, by Mike Mason

The Complete Husband, by Lou Priolo


The Big Picture Story Bible, by David Helm

The Jesus Story Book Bible, by Sally Lloyd-Jones

God’s Promises, by Sally Michael

God’s Names, by Sally Michael

God’s Providence, by Sally Michael

Long Story Short, by Marty Machowski

Old Story New, by Marty Machowski

The Gospel Story Bible, by Marty Machowski

The Church History ABCs: Augustine & 25 other Heroes of the Faith, by Stephen J Nichols & Ned Bustard


Holding on to Hope: A Pathway Through Suffering to the Heath of God, by Nancy Guthrie

Held: 31 Biblical Reflections on God’s Comfort and Care int he Sorrow of Miscarriage, by Abbey Wedgeworth

Inheritance of Tears: Trusting the Lord of Life When Death Visits the Womb, by Jessalyn Hutto

Miscarriage: You Are Not Alone (booklet), by Stephanie Green


God’s Grace in Your Suffering, by David Powlison

Walking with God through Pain and Suffering, by Tim Keller

Trusting God Even When Life Hurts, by Jerry Bridges

Suffering, by Paul Tripp

How Long, Oh Lord? by DA Carson

Does Grace Grow Best in Winter?  by Ligon Duncan

When the Stars Disappear, by Mark Talbot

The Crook in the Lot (older English), by Thomas Boston

Suffering and the Heart of God, by Diane Langberg

How Does God Treat His Friends: Learning from the Book of Job, by Robert Fyall

Grace Grows Best in Winter, by Margaret Clarkson

Dark Clouds Deep Mercy , by Mark Vroegop

Facing Grief, by John Flavel

Surprised by Suffering, by R.C. Sproul

Seasons of Sorrow, by Tim Challies

Suffering & The Sovereignty of God (online free PDF here) , by John Piper

The Call to Joy & Pain: Embracing Suffering in Your Ministry. by Ajith Fernando

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